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Museum Talk: Conserving the Collection

with Mark Roberts Conservation
27 October 2023

Join us for a museum walk and talk with Sarah Freeman and Jennifer Young, picture conservators from Mark Roberts Conservation.

Sarah and Jennifer will take you on a guided tour of the museum, speaking about their fascinating conservation work on Unseen Treasures. They will be talking about paintings by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, Cornelius Johnson and more.

They will discuss the process of conserving a painting, from removing yellowed varnish to fixing flaking paint.

Kenelm and Venetia Digby by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, 1632. © Harley Foundation. The Portland Collection.


Sarah Freeman ACR

Sarah is the Head Conservator-Restorer at Mark Roberts Conservation Ltd, where she has worked since 2014.

Following her graduation from University College London and the Courtauld Institute of Art, she completed a six-month internship at Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg in Maastricht, Netherlands. She also worked in Mumbai, completing the final stages of conservation on The Sword of Damocles by Antoine Dubost.


Jennifer Young

Jennifer is a Conservator at Mark Roberts Conservation Ltd, where she has worked since 2022.

She graduated from the University of Northumbria with an MA in Conservation of Easel Paintings, before working as a painting conservator in the Netherlands for five years. Here, she gained experience conserving seventeenth century Dutch art and twentieth century art.


Top image: Said to be the writer playwright John Fletcher (1579–1621). By Cornelius Johnson, 1621 © Harley Foundation, The Portland Collection (detail).

Booking Information

Friday 27 October, Midday.

Tickets for this talk are Pay What You Think: choose from £3, £5, and £10 tickets.

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Bookings are open for general admission from 23 October 2023.

Meet for this talk in the Harley Museum.